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Biotech Innovations
October 9, 2018

In-home Robots Improve Social Skills in Children With Autism

JAMA. 2018;320(14):1425. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.14385

In a recent open-label pilot study, Yale University researchers demonstrated that children with autism have improved social skills after a month of daily 30-minute interactions at home with an autonomous socially assistive robot.

The study involved 12 children with autism spectrum disorder between 6 and 12 years old who played social skills games with their caregiver and a 12-inch table-top robot that speaks and exhibits expressive behaviors. An on-site computer subsystem controlled the robot’s movements and behaviors and automatically adjusted the difficulty levels of the games based on the children’s performance, with no researcher assistance.